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G20: hopes and realities
Many see recent agreements struck by G20 nations as a sign of the organisation’s effectiveness and a source of optimism for future international cooperation. However, there are important reasons to remain skeptical of ...
Defrosting Sino-Japanese Relations: What Now?
The recent commitment to dialogue between Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe in Hamburg indicates a thaw in China-Japan relations. By favouring a stable relationship, China and Japan are unveiling a ‘new thinking’ to their strained ...
Enhancing ASEAN’s Competitiveness : The Skills Challenge
As ASEAN celebrates its 51st anniversary, how should the region leverage on its promising growth potential and the skills of its labour force to achieve the goal of becoming a highly competitive region?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Coping With Disruptive Change
The fourth industrial revolution will benefit mankind tremendously. We can also expect disruptions. Upholding state centrality will ensure continuity and stability amidst this seismic shift.
Cheaper Fossil Fuels: The Relevance of Nuclear Energy
As carbon-intensive fossil fuels have become cheaper, would nuclear power continue to be relevant? Nuclear power can help countries in their diversification from fossil fuels. But public concerns over post-Fukushima nuclear ...
Fashion, Feminism or Freedom: Dissecting France’s Ban on Burkini
The recent ban and legal rulings on the burkini (Islamic swimsuit) in a number of French towns raises questions about the aims of the policy, as well as the way women’s bodies are used as the ideological battlefield between ...
COP16 Cancún: shifting goals of climate negotiations
The COP16 meeting in Cancun has revealed a fundamental shift in the near-term objectives of the UN’s annual climate gatherings. What is this shift and what are its consequences?
Brexit and Its Aftermath - What now for Britain and EU?
Britain voted to end its long-standing membership with the EU and in doing so started a possibly long period of economic insecurity with global repercussions. Borne from the disillusionment of the working classes, many ...
From Legitimacy to Social Change: Understanding the Appeal of Salafism
As a religious ideology, Salafism is gaining wide acceptance in the Muslim world while attracting increasing attention in the West today. Many Muslims embrace it as the authentic Islam. What are the features that make ...
Cooling future urban habitats: technology based on human body?
What is the likely scenario when demand for global housing increases amid rising global temperatures? How do we create sustainable habitats to survive in an increasingly warming planet?